ISBN 9780701180430,Missy



Hannan Chris


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9780701180430

ISBN-10 0701180439

Hard Back

Number of Pages 304 Pages
Language (English)


California, 1862. Dol, an irrepressible young 'flash-girl', hitches a wagon with a gaggle of friends, headed east for new adventures. But on the road an act of kindness - saving a man from suicide - invites her own destruction. The man is a murderous pimp with a chest full of missy (opium), who resents being rescued, and decides to take revenge.

Dol has problems aplenty: permanently gonged on Lancashire Black Drop, and in sporadic pursuit of her wayward mother, the pimp seems the least of her troubles. But then he turns up at the saloon bar where she works, lugging the ominous chest and Dol is soon on the run in the American wilderness. There she is drawn into a contest that threatens everything she holds most dear - including her own quick mind.

Award-winning Scottish playwright Chris Hannan's addictive debut novel is a romp of startling originality. Dol McQueen is a triumphant creation: an opium-addicted Becky Sharp, flawed but utterly irresistible, who tells her eye-popping story in a unique and unforgettable idiom.

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